Torch Feedback Question of the Day Reax #1: Feedback on whether WWE has a stronger match than Taker-Brock for WrestleMania, strong opinions buying & selling Taker-Brock in WWE
Oct 27, 2010 - 12:13:36 PM
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-- Question of the Day Reax 10/28: Would you pay to see a worked match between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker?
Justin James of Lexington, S.C.: I would not pay a cent to see Brock Lesnar against The Undertaker in a match, worked or not. Fact is, Brock Lesnar is a superb athlete in so many ways, and he still has plenty of years left to be in peak condition. The Undertaker is old and broken down. In a legit fight, there is no doubt that Taker’s life would truly be on the line without a very cautious referee; he doesn’t have the training and his physical condition is awful. In a worked match, there would be no doubt of the outcome because WWE would never have someone go over Undertaker at WrestleMania in a one-time match. And, honestly, who wants to see a guy in Undertaker’s condition be put over a man in Lesnar’s condition? Without the “magic show," it's not believable that Taker would win. And I certainly do not want to see a serious, legit athlete like Lesnar involved in something like that. I don’t even like Lesnar or MMA, but putting an MMA fighter in the ring against a WWE wrestler is a real turn off, even worse than NBA or NFL players getting in the ring.
Justin Rosenbluth, Torch reader: Hell yes! It's been a few years, but their work alone years ago makes this match-up enticing. Undertaker has run the well dry with opponents at WrestleMania now. Facing Shawn Micheals in classic matches in consecutive years begs the question of "who's next?" I say that all joking aside. WWE needs a marquee match that will bring in casual fans and Brock can do that because, despite his "past life" as a WWE Superstar, he is now a mainstream celebrity. The man's UFC 121 payoff pales in comparison to the entire card. For the amount of PPVs he sells compared to the checks he's cashing, he's the biggest PPV draw after Floyd Mayweather. This is a no-brainer. I would pay $65 to watch this by myself even if it weren't WrestleMania.
Erik McNeal of Georgia, reporter (25): It would be an interesting match. However, I don't personally think it would be the best match. Although Brock and Taker are two of the best to step in a ring, at this point, it would be very detrimental to both men. First and foremost, Brock is rusty as a ring worker and Taker is nearly used up. This is not 2002. Brock historically has worked stiff, too, so he could very easily bust up Taker to a premature retirement because he's in better shape now than he ever was when he was in the WWE.
-- Question of the Day Reax 10/28: Does WWE have a bigger match to promote than a hypothetical Taker vs. Lesnar match at WrestleMania?
Greg Coleman, Torch reader: I am interested to see where the Nexus attacking Undertaker leads. It could set up a match with Taker and Wade Barrett. Other matches could be Cena-Taker, which would be huge. Also, Barrett-Triple H or Cena-Orton with Cena as a heel.
Jason McVeigh of Northern Ireland: Undertaker vs. heel John Cena would be much bigger, I believe. We've already seen Taker vs. Lesnar in the past, but Cena and Taker have faced off very few times.
Erik McNeal of Georgia, reporter (25): I think WWE needs to listen to their fans and book Undertaker vs. John Cena. The fans don't want Sheamus, nor Wade Barrett. After Undertaker faced the likes of Shawn Michaels twice, Edge, Batista, and Randy Orton, and knowing the last real dream match opportunity can pass by, they need to book John Cena to face and lose to Taker. We know Cena can work a good match and even work around Taker's limited mobility while keeping up the intensity of a show-closing, headlining match.
Justin Rosenbluth, Torch reader: No, I do not believe WWE has a stronger "WrestleMania caliber" match to put on the card instead of Brock vs. Taker. At the end of the day this match-up is better for business. It's going to sell more tickets and most importantly in the year 2011 it's going to sell more PPVs. The only match up remotely close to that in terms of compelling and doing big business is Cena-Undertaker. I believe it would do significantly less than Lesnar because, outside of the WWE Universe, not many people care about John Cena, unfortunately. WWE is obviously trying to hold off Cena-Taker until next year and Brock-Taker is WWE's way of trying to really make this WrestleMania stand out on it's own. I'm not getting my hopes up for this match happening, but I would like to see Brock come back to "where it all began" as the "shootist" and eat a loss in a "fake wrestling match." That's why Dana White doesn't want this to happen. Nothing else could put a bigger smile on my face.
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